After seeing the all-new Audi A3, most fans of the brand are waiting very impatiently for the upcoming RS3. If the standard A3 already looks good and drives well, it stands to reason that the 2021 Audi RS3 Sportback will be great. Thankfully, it should be coming soon, as more and more test mules have been seen in the wild, such as the one in this new video from the Nurburgring.
In the video below, an Audi RS3 Sportback test mule can be seen doing some hot laps at the ‘Ring and it looks really good. While its actual design isn’t too different from the standard Audi A3 on which it’s based, the way it moves around the track is what’s most promising.
The new RS3 seems to explode out of corners really well, proving that it’s going to continue to be a rapid car. Admittedly, it’s not expected to have more power than the current car, as it doesn’t really need it. The 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five is said to be a carryover from the current RS3, making the same 400 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque. Though, that’s just what we’ve heard and isn’t official just yet. While that’s enough power to be seriously quick, it would have been nice to see at least a bit of an upgrade.
Still, it looks very fast at the ‘Ring and seems to corner a bit better than the outgoing car. This new Audi RS3 Sportback looks a bit dartier than before, with a sharper turn-in, more lively front end and less understeer. Though, there’s really no way to tell without driving it. That said, the typical understeer associated with Haldex-based Audi Sport models doesn’t seem as present as usual.
We should be seeing the Audi RS3 Sportback later this year and it’s going to be an incredibly exciting car for Audi enthusiasts. Built on the new A3 chassis, it should handle better, ride better and just be a more enjoyable car to drive overall. In America, we’ll only be getting the RS3 Sedan, which will likely debut later than the Sportback, which is a shame but we’ll take what we can get.